Feb. 20, 2012
BERKELEY - California Golden Bear junior guard Layshia Clarendon was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 13-19, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. Clarendon averaged 24.5 points and 5.0 rebounds, while leading the Bears to two victories last week.
Clarendon (San Bernardino, Calif.) sunk five threes en route to a season-high 27 points in the 83-71 win over Oregon. She was 10-for-18 from the floor, eight of those attempts coming from three-point range. She also grabbed four boards and handed out five assists. In the 75-68 win over Oregon State, Clarendon made key free throws down the stretch, holding off a late surge from the Beavers, and was 9-for-13 from the charity stripe for the game, tallying 22 points. With the wins, Cal maintains a two-game lead for the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Life Pac-12 Basketball Tournament and also gave the Bears their fifth 20-win season in six years.
It is Clarendon's first-career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and Cal's 38th all-time. Clarendon is also the second Golden Bear to earn the honor this season after Gennifer Brandon was selected the Conference's player of the week on Dec. 19.
The Golden Bears remain at home for their final three games of the regular season. They host Utah and Colorado on Thursday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 25, respectively, before hosting second-ranked and Pac-12 leader Stanford on Sunday, March 4.